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What other words or expression could be used to say to go/ be on a diet, meaning to follow healthy nutrition rules mainly to lose weight.

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One short expression: eat right. – J.R. Apr 28 '14 at 19:05
"watching one's weight" – andi Apr 28 '14 at 19:06
@Jack To go WAPF. :-) – Elian Apr 28 '14 at 20:05

We talk about caloric restriction or when referring to decreased intake for the purpose of losing weight. There's no medical term for good nutrition per se that I'm aware of (though a nutritionist may well have a term for it).

I'd say, nutritionally sound caloric restriction may meet your need.

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Well, there's banting, meaning "slimming by avoiding eating sugar, starch, and fat", as in this line from Agatha Christie's The Thirteen Problems, featuring my favorite detective, Miss Marple:

"I must explain," broke off Sir Henry, "that Miss Clark, alarmed at her increasing stoutness, was doing a course of what is popularly known as banting."

(http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Banting, source listed as Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged)

I like it, and it's the most directly appropriate I can think of for your question, but undoubtedly that's an old-fashioned word, and probably too British.

Watching your weight and eating healthy seem to be your best bets for common phrases.

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What is the definition of banting? Do you have a source besides a sentence in a novel? – medica Apr 28 '14 at 19:43
Banting (diet) is a very specific weight loss program, like the Dukan or the Atkins diet, but it's still a great word. We banted for weeks, didn't lose a single pound but, my god, we farted like trojans. – Frank Apr 28 '14 at 19:44
Apparently it means a specific type of diet, which I guess could be also referred to as a "program": to lose weight by avoiding sugar, starch, and fat. thefreedictionary.com/Banting second-opinions.co.uk/banting.html#.U16wkPldWSo Named after William Banting, who popularized the diet in 1863. I'm seeing it both stylized as "Banting" (which seems like a program) and "banting" (which just seems like a general word for diet), so this may be a miss in the end. – Yee-Lum Apr 28 '14 at 19:52
@medica Bantings original text can be found at lowcarb.ca/corpulence/corpulence_1.html – Frank Apr 28 '14 at 20:09

Consider "lick oneself {back) into (shape, a healthier lifestyle, healthy eating habits, a "normal" weight, etc.)," and "shape oneself (back) up."

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Consider: to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

To go on a diet implies changes in everyday habits, not only eating but also drinking habits (less alcohol drinks). Plus it may be necessary to devote more time to physical exercises. All this may affect also your social life.

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